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Manner Monday: Cell Phones, Love/Hate Relationship



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Cell Phones:  they’re a Love/Hate relationship.

We personally LOVE our cell phones and don’t think of ourselves as falling into the category of the ‘obnoxious cell phone user’.

Yet we HATE them when we encounter ‘someone else’ breaking the rules of cell phone etiquette.

I touched on Cell Phones in the Manner Monday post for week 2 and have found that it is a major hot button for many.

Here are some rules to think about (and implement immediately):

1.  While in the presence of others, give them 100% of your attention.  It is extremely rude and disrespectful to take a call, text or even ‘look’ at your cell phone when engaging with another person.  Kids today can text, with their phone in their pocket, while looking at you… DO NOT TOUCH the device.  100% attention.

2.  During meetings, turn off your cell phone; leave it in your briefcase or purse.  Everyone at the meeting should be focused on the business at hand.  Nothing shows disrespect during a meeting faster than someone tending to their cell phone.  Refer to #1.

3.  Lunch or Dinner.  Hello.  Do I even have to go there?  Yes, I do.  First of all, please do not place your cell phone on the table.  Once again, please refer to #1 and #2.

It all boils down to respect.  Be respectful of others and they will be respectful of you.  Start with ignoring your cell phone, not the individual with whom you are engaging.

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  1. Gold. Solid Gold.

    R-E-S-P-E-C-T. That’s what it’s all about. Thanks for a thoughtful, excellent post.

    1. Thank you so much for the post!!!
      LOVE your blog ‘Midlife Mama’!! I can relate 🙂

  2. Kathleen says:

    Dear Manner Monday,
    It seems that the issue of excessive cell phone usage has gone viral! Just yesterday we had to address an employee’s personal cell phone usage while at work and supposedly working! She was on her phone for over 55 minutes. Any guess how her job performance was during this time? She also managed to ignore several attempts to attract her attention by her supervisor. Suprisingly, she didn’t see anything wrong with this behavior. It seems that common office etiquette. not to mention courtesy, are all a thing of the past!

    1. Thank you for sharing. Unfortunately, your post does not surprise me!
      As a society, we are definitely in a pickle. It’s going to be a long, uphill battle.

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